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Mali has been in the news for weeks, and it is now the legendary Timbuktu that is grabbing the headlines as France’s military roll in to save it. Sad news though that the fleeing Islamists have allegedly torched a library of precious, ancient manuscripts. Why? Why destroy such heritage, and a Muslim one at that? The library rings a few bells with me, in fact clanking back 8 years when I finally made it to Timbuktu, overland from Bamako to Djenné, then by river and 4WD. What a journey.